Monday, 31 January, 2011

What would Carinae do?

I’ve been getting emails from my friends who have jumped on my little nail polish bandwagon. They want to know what I use for my base coat and top coat and why have I chosen those particular ones…

So, here we go! πŸ™‚

For my base coat, I use either Poshe’s Basecoat or Nubar’s Foundation Base Coat.


For my top coat, which is fast drying – it can dry my entire manicure in under 5 minutes providing I do reasonable coats. πŸ˜‰ If you apply polish heavy handed (like me), you will get tip shrinkage. What the top coat will do is make the top of your polish nice and shiny. If I know I’ve done heavy handed applications, I wait 5 minutes between coats and then put on the top coat to minimize shrinkage. I usually give the top coat 6 minutes and can just go right after. I’m careful, of course. Usually after 15 minutes, my polish is completely dry down to the base coat. I’m not saying go out and garden right after it dries, but you know what I mean!

I prefer Poshe because there is no stinky Formaldehyde that gives me a headache the moment I open the bottle.

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  • Reply KarenD Monday, 31 January, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for this; it’s always helpful to see what other people are using. I’m still looking for my perfect base coat.
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  • Reply Playing with Polish Monday, 31 January, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Fun, I love the title of this post! πŸ™‚ I love seeing what other people are doing/using. The funny thing is that I am currently using the same combo (Nubar base coat and Poshe top coat). I was using Nubar for both, but I agree with a several other bloggers that their new Diamont top coat formula stinks πŸ™ It took FOREVER to dry!

    • Reply carinaeletoile Monday, 31 January, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      I have a bottle of Diamont I used once. I really didn’t like that it wasn’t high gloss. I keep meaning to toss it into a giveaway as a special “thanks for entering!” kind of thing, but I realized I can’t do that to anyone. I feel like it’s cruel and unusual punishment! :p

      It does take forever to dry, too!

      Poshe is awesome. Plus, I get it for about $5 a bottle. Can’t beat that price.

      I love and swear by Nubar’s sticky base coat. I use the Poshe base coat if and only if, I have misplaced my Nubar.

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